Kid-friendly Qimo Linux 2.0 makes a splash

By   |  May 31, 2010

I’ve written about Qimo before and now the child-focused Linux distro gets a new version.

More than a year since the release of version 1.0, Qimo 2.0 (pronounced “kim-oh”) has been released.

Founded by Michelle and Michael Hall, Qimo is designed for users three years and older and is pre-installed with free and open source games that are meant to be both educational and entertaining.

The interface has also been customised to be easy to navigate by the youngest of users, with over-sized shortcuts to games lining the bottom of the screen.

The entire distribution can be downloaded from the Qimo site. Ubuntu 10.04 users, however, can simply inswtall the qimo-session package from the Universe repository to get the same effect.

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2 Responses to “Kid-friendly Qimo Linux 2.0 makes a splash”

  1. Paul Scott
    June 2nd, 2010 @ 1:28 pm

    We introduced Matthew to Ubuntu at around 1.5 years or so and at 4 he is now extremely comfortable using the interface. He can find the apps that he likes (potato guy, tuxkart and GCompris etc) quite easily and has totally mastered using the mouse to get around. I would like to try Qimo and see what he says about that too.

    One thing that does worry me a bit as a parent, is that in school they will be forced to use MS Windows and all this knowledge may be for nothing

  2. Alastair Otter
    June 2nd, 2010 @ 1:41 pm

    Paul,
    My son is now nine and has only ever used Linux at home. Like your son he was pretty competent at 4, but you should see him now! It’s pretty scary how much he knows about the computer already (and especially the Internet). I have to monitor him all the time just to be sure.

    At school they only use Windows. And the thing is, he is as happy with that as he is with Linux. He’s only ever asked for Windows at home once, and that was because he got a copy of Age of Empires from a friend for his birthday (they’re huge fans of AOE at his school) which only runs on Windows. So I now have VBox running with Windows XP. And he switches between Linux and Windows like he was born to do it.

    In short, kids transfer the knowledge very easily so no experience is wasted.

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